Systemsof oppression are the cultural habits and values, which contribute to the oppressionof some individuals in the society. These systems include gender, class, andrace. Most cultures tend to value men above women. This leads to the oppressionof women in terms the opportunities for involvement in the society or access tosocial power. Classism is a situation which involves the extension of privilegeto individuals based on their level of influence or wealth.
This leads to theoppression of the individuals with less or no influence in the society. Forexample, the disenfranchised communities, which include the low-income earners,immigrants as well as homeless individuals are mostly perceived to have littleinfluence on the societal matters and are likely to be oppressed. Race, as a system of oppression, leads to thediscrimination of the people of color. This originates from the era of slaverywhere blacks were mostly taken as slaves by the whites. Thedisenfranchised communities in the society are the most likely victims of thesystems of oppression. This is mainly contributed by social justification whereacts of oppression are upheld by the dominant group and viewed as theappropriate way for upholding social stability. When there is a dominantpattern of abuse in the society, a system of abuse is created, in which case,the least dominant groups would be oppressed by the dominant groups.
Forexample, unfair labor practices and years of discriminatory laws create apattern of abuse in the society where the disenfranchised communities would notreceive equal treatment as the dominant groups. Systems of privilege divide thesociety based on the quality of life, levels of income, safety, health, and wealth.The systems of oppression can only be abolished if we challenge the dominantoppressive behavior both at the individual level and in institutional policies(Berila 57).